HP released an update to its Pavilion Elite line today in the form of the Pavilion Elite m9600t, replete with Intel’s Core i7 processors. Starting at just $949, the m9600t looks like a pretty affordable way to jump on the cutting edge.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66GHz
- Memory: 3 or 4GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1066MHz
- Hard drive: 500GB SATA @ 7200RPM
- Optical drive: SuperMulti DVD+/-RW with LightScribe
- Sound: Integrated HD audio
- Video card: 768MB NVIDIA 9600GS
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Operating system: 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium w/SP1
The base configuration of the m9600t (shown above) has a suggested retail price of $949.
The m9600t is part of HP’s Pavilion Eltie line, so it’s geared toward multimedia enthusiasts, though its specs also make it attractive to gamers on a budget. While its base configuration is fairly capable, it does suffer from a somewhat lackluster video card; fortunately you can upgrade it to ATI’s 1GB Radeon HD4850. Other possible upgrades include a more powerful processor in the Core i7 940, up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of hard drive space (either in a single drive or RAID0), a Blu-ray burner, wireless-N networking and a TV tuner.
In addition to the m9600t, HP also unwrapped four new displays, ranging in size from 18.5 inches all the way to 23 inches. All of the new monitors are 16:9, so useful for consumers who watch a lot of HD content. Of particular interest is the 21.5-inch 2159m, with a 1920×1080 resolution in a sub-22″ form factor. The 18.5-inch is only 1366×768, the 2009m is 1600×900, and the 23-inch w2338h shares the same resolution as the 21.5-inch model.
HP 18.5-inch w1858
HP 20-inch 2009m
HP 21.5-inch 2159m
HP 23-inch w2338h
The new displays run from $169.99 to $299.99 and are available now on HP’s website along with the m9600t. The monitors will be available in retail stores starting April 6th while the m9600 series will be in retail stores on April 13th.